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Freshwater Biology (10226.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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This unit will introduce students to freshwater ecology with a focus on flowing water systems (i.e. rivers and streams) it will have a theoretical underpinning of the biota and basic ecological processes occurring in freshwater systems aimed at giving students the basis to engage in effective environmental management of Australian freshwater systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Clearly articulate key approaches used to assess status and change in freshwater biological systems and describe the advantages, disadvantages and sources of uncertainty of these approaches;

2. Demonstrate well-developed conceptual knowledge in freshwater biology and ecology;

3. Collect new data and synthesis existing information to assess the status of a freshwater system. Critically evaluate the strengths and weakness of this data and information;

4. Accurately communicate the findings of a freshwater biological or ecological study in a scientific report;

5. Demonstrate ability to critically assess the quality of your own work and the work of others; and

6. Develop a global awareness of freshwater issues and the significance of cultural diversity as it pertains to sustainability of water resources.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

The mode of delivery is Standard, face-to-face teaching and online. This will consist of 4 hours of contact for 11 weeks and 2.5 days of field trips.


Plants and Animals, 623, and Data Analysis in Science, 1809.


Integrated Catchment Science, 10224.

Assumed Knowledge

1st year chemistry, biology, and mathematics.

Incompatible Units

Australian Waterways G, 8029

Equivalent Units

Australian Waterways, 6912.

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